John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Dec 20 – Friday Dec 26)
It's Christmas, so there's no shortage of great shows over the coming days. Considering all that's been left out here, I'd highly recommend a trip to the shops for a copy of the RTÉ Guide Christmas & New Year Issue and a bright marker.
Pick of the week
Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special
Christmas Day, RTÉ One & BBC One
The critics hate it but the public simply can't get enough of Brendan O'Carroll's comic express train ...
John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Dec 13 – Friday Dec 19)
It's goodbye to The Fall, The X Factor and many more. The big plus is Frances McDormand in Olive Kitteridge as telly starts its wind-down to Christmas.
Pick of the week
The Fall, Wednesday, RTÉ One
Fans have had to wait a further three days to see how season two of this delightfully nasty drama ends up, and hopefully it'll be worth every single one of those extra 72 hours. The investigation headed by Gibson (Gillian Anderson) leads her to Spector ...
It's geek central this week as John Byrne looks at three fantasy-adventure US imports that run on various satellite channels
Reviewed: The Librarians (Monday, Universal); The Strain (Wednesdays, Watch); American Horror Story (Tuesday, Fox)
The one thing you can be guaranteed with American TV is that it'll keep coming up with something new. It mightn't be very good, or very good for too long, but you can't knock the creative process at work in terms of ideas, or even mixing a few old ingredients together to make something new.
Given the success of the BBC's ...
This week John Byrne checks out telly-watchers, yet another BBC music documentary, and a super-sized family reality show
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Monday Dec 8 - Friday Dec 12).
This week John Byrne takes in two very different American procedurals and a couple of documentaries about pioneers.
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Nov 29 - Friday Dec 5)
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday Nov 22 - Friday 28)
This week John Byrne takes in a documentary about Dublin's Glasnevin cemetery, the finales of two US dramas, a new series exploring science fiction, and Olly Murs being embarrassed by Graham Norton.